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Waukegan provides excellent learning opportunities for its students at the elementary, high school and college levels.

Waukegan District 60

The largest school district in Lake County, Waukegan District 60 serves about 17,000 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade. It entered the 2017-2018 school year with a reorganized high school, a new summer school program, after-school sports and academics and an expanded project to equip every older student with a laptop computer.

Since 2009, Waukegan High School students had been randomly attending either the school’s Washington Campus or its Brookside Campus. But under a reorganization that began in fall 2017, all juniors and seniors now attend the Washington Campus while all freshmen and sophomores go to the campus on Brookside Avenue.

The shift included a physical makeover of Washington’s facilities in summer 2017, to be followed by work at Brookside in summer 2018.

No matter which campus they use, Waukegan High students each have been issued a Chromebook laptop since 2015. “Once students saw the benefit of that, the desire quickly grew to expand this program,” said Nicholas Alajakis, Waukegan District 60 spokesman, and the district now offers every middle-school student a Chromebook, too.

“Technology is the future,” Alajakis said. “The way students are learning today is changing monthly, not just every year.”

In grades K-5, meanwhile, the district has added three new after-school activities for children. Programs named Strive High and On The Move give extra support for literacy skills. JAMS offers after-school sports programs in basketball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer and volleyball. Fourth- and fifth-graders compete in teams while younger kids learn the ropes in sports clinics.

Acting on requests from parents, the district started offering summer school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade in summer 2017. “In summer 2018 we’re looking to expand that by offering more seats,” Alajakis said. “This is helping students to prepare for the next grade and to give them enriching curriculum in English, math and the STEM fields, during the time when that summer loss often takes hold.”

College of Lake County

The College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus offers residents of northeast Lake County an opportunity to pursue higher education close to home. The campus is located at 33 N. Genesee St. in downtown Waukegan. It offers courses leading to associate degrees and several career preparation certificate programs, including dental hygiene, phlebotomy, nurse assisting and medical assisting.

The campus also offers high school equivalency preparation courses, English as a Second Language and noncredit continuing education courses. On-site student support services include counseling, advising, registration, financial aid, tutoring, computer labs, a writing center, the nationally accredited Children’s Learning Center, free covered parking, a library, student life and outreach.

An exciting $48 million construction project to expand and consolidate the Lakeshore Campus will offer even greater educational opportunities. Plans call for creating a vibrant streetscape along Genesee Street, Madison Street and Sheridan Road, the site of a new building with sweeping views of Lake Michigan from a top-floor meeting and conference center.

The project also includes renovating CLC’s buildings at 33 and 111 N. Genesee St., creating attractive outdoor spaces and building a second-story bridge from the college’s parking garage to the buildings.

A request for construction bids is expected to go out in early 2019, with construction planned to start in fall 2019 and be completed in 2022.

Schools

College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2000
www.clcillinois.edu

College of Lake County (Lakeshore Campus)
33 N. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 543-2191
www.clcillinois.edu/lakeshore

Robert Morris University – Illinois
Lake County Branch
1507 N. Waukegan Rd.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 578-6000
www.robertmorris.edu

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
3106 Belvidere Rd.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(224) 215-9400
www.cristoreystmartin.org

Chicago Community Learning Center
222 N. County St. B,
Waukegan, IL 60085
(773) 506-1503
www.cclctraining.org

City Of Waukegan Chamber Of Commerce College Scholarship ProgramAnnual scholarship opportunity for High School graduates

The City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer up to two $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates and residents of Waukegan. Applications are judged by service to the community, interviews and response to essay.

If you or someone you know qualify for this program, please visit our website at www.waukeganchamber.org for more information.